ISI 2008-6. Aloe aculeata Pole-Evans

This choice landscape aloe forms solitary rosettes up to 1 m across but can flower at a third that size. Its broad leaves incurve slightly, giving the rosette a rounded appearance. Perhaps the most desirable feature of this aloe is one especially well-developed in the population from which our offering originates: the margins and surface of the thick leaves bear prominent red-brown prickles arising from white tuberculate bases. The solitary racemes in this form are also typically bicolored with orange buds opening yellow. Second generation seedlings from HBG 82528, seed collected by Dave Richards in 1996, 12 km NE of Ngundu Halt, Zimbabwe. $8.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 80 (2), March - April, 2008